So far, so good for Canada at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship as they've started the tournament with a couple of wins. Their opening win came against Sweden, a solid 3-1 triumph that got the Canadiens off on the right foot in defense of their 2013 gold medal.
Forward Brendan Perlini is expected to be an integral part of this year's U18 squad. His combination of size and skill should serve Canada well at this tournament. Perlini was held pointless in the opening game against Sweden, however, though he did pick up an assist in the 5-2 win over Germany.
For the 2013-14 season, Perlini finished second in scoring for the OHL's Niagara IceDogs, netting 34 goals and adding 37 assists for 71 points in 58 games. His point total was a major leap forward for the big winger, as he notched just 10 points in 27 games in 2012-13. The strides he has made in his game this season have made him a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft.
Perlini spoke with Hockey's Future following the win over Sweden, a conversation captured in this HF video.
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